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, in some ways, it is not a problem. the ambush protected vehicle that they use in iraq and afghanistan, it was something that the hill prioritize because people were getting blown up by ied's. there is a proper role for congress exercising decision-making and imposing some things on executive office and institutions. how to deal with the rest? management, either. there is not a golden bullet that is going to resolve this problem permanently. something that someone will have to wrestle with on a case-by-case basis. at least my opinion is going to be that you have to hope that the governors i have already outlined are sufficient. but most of those things don't come into the budget. >> we should probably clarify that, you know, when people present in arguments, pros and cons, the majority responds favorably to both. so it is not that most people are carrying around a very discrete human of i think defense should be cut and i am looking for signs that this candidate is for organs that. it is not that articulated. it is more because they say oh, yeah, that's true, oh, okay, now have to make
bragging that he could do it, but it was also a warning to us. what if the next time that happens it's a larger utility or a group of smaller utilities around the country, maybe water, maybe electricity, maybe gas, and this time they're not just warning us or showing us our vulnerability but they're actually going to disrupt the flow of electricity or water to people who depend on it. that's -- that's the kind of crisis that we face and why it is so urgent that we deal with this. so let me come back to my dream. my goal here is that as we go on this week, we're able to submit a manager's amendment, but it's not just from the managers, senators collins, rockefeller, feinstein and i. we're joined by a much broader group and we form a broad bipartisan consensus here to protect our country from a terrible danger that is real, urgent and growing. mr. president, i always like to -- i was thinking about it again in this case -- think back in these moments. since i don't see anybody else on the floor, i will undulling myself and go back to a hot july day in philadelphia -- indulge myself and
and everybody, the president, the secretary, everybody agrees that would be very devastating for u.s. national security and they want to avoid at all costs. >> thank you. that is helpful. rich, governor romney has said many, many times that he would not like to cut the defense budget, but at to the same time be inconsistent with lower taxes. within the framework of the problems that the country has to date with respect to the national deficit, et cetera, i don't know anybody who says you can't raise defense spending, cut taxes and accomplish anything with respect to the national debt. so how do you do that, sir? >> i should introduce you to more people. >> look, i heard the same thing in 1979 and in 1980. on the economy was crippled with double-digit inflation. >> you think is the same as in today? >> no, it's worse, but it can be done with the government's been clear about if he thinks we have to rebuild our navy. and he thinks obviously with the philosophical difference with president obama and governor reagan on the economy -- governor romney and president obama on the economy, it is one th
's vital for us to help them. you know, when a young man or young woman who deserves to go to college doesn't because they can't afford it, they lose, their family loses, and our country loses as well. when a young person goes to the college they shouldn't really go to because they can't afford the college they deserve to go to and want to go to, they lose, their family loses, and america loses. and so it's been a passion of mine that we give the middle class, not just the poor but the middle class as well, help in paying for college because it is so expensive but it is so important. and so we have in law now something called the child -- the american opportunity tax credit. it's legislation i wrote. it helped 9.1 million 235e78s get a -- families get a tax break on their children's college tuition last year. because of the american opportunity tax credit, more parents and students now qualify for tax relief to pay for college expenses, not just for two years but for a whole four years of study. it gives a $2,500 tax credit right off your taxes to families whose income is up to $180,000 a y
's their response? >> they're working with us. [laughter] >> so it's a legitimate reason -- >> the current structure, mr. chairman, that the way the data's pulled in and then analyzed, it's, for example, 2012 we're looking at 2010 data. and so how does that become actionable and meaningful when you get your report, it's really just tied to an update in finances and not to clinical care. and we want it tied to clinical care so we can make actionable statements about patients. so that's the problem using claims data that then has to be aggregated when that year's closed out and analyzed. and by the time it's analyzed and presented, another year's passed. that's why we're looking at other data systems that get to the target you're asking us to get to, and if we had these other, access to these other data systems, they're realtime. they allow us to say that happened last month. that can't happen this month. we need to put an action plan in place to correct that. that's part of the big disconnect, and it's not for lack of trying. it's just the wrong data set to drive the goal that we're trying to reach.
how to use that information. to say that we have national coverage in really working with folks at that level is not true. but what we have are a set of programs with the mitigation center, with extension services on creating what we call drought-ready mounts whose major role is to be able to access and get guidance on the use of the information that we put on the web site. >> all right, thanks. .. i think that the program by would say is in its infancy of feral five or six years but already we have seen great gains in that regard and we talk about how can farmers access this information the weatherman for example in a state and agriculture states like oklahoma or rock stars, those other guys most people pay attention to when they watch the nightly news but now folks are starting to learn and farmers and producers on the ground are starting to learn they can access even more information related to drop through the drought portal which has been set up and through integration of noaa and scientists involved with land grant universities and that sort of thing, helping to get the wo
. for those of us who have had the pleasure and the honor of coming to know ryan well, this latest story is not at all surprising. it actually is quite in keeping with the character and actions of this superb, decent, selfless man, a man who i would call without question or hesitation the most excellent foreign service officer and one of the finest public servants i have ever known. for the past 41 years, ever since he was a junior diplomat serving in prerevolution iran, ryan crocker has consistently answered the call to serve in the most challenging, the most difficult but also the most important posts in the world. they were the places as it turned out where america needed ryan crocker the most, and he has always served with distinction. he was a young officer in lebanon when our embassy was bombed. ryan crocker helped to pull his colleagues from the rubble and then got back to work. he was one of the first civilians into afghanistan and iraq after the recent wars, helping to re-establish our diplomatic presence in both countries after decades. he returned to iraq during the surge, and
the standard of living for those on medicare and medicaid, rather than ask anything of the wealthiest among us. and by the way, i come from a wealthy state of delaware. i think has the highest per capita still. the wealthy in my state are as patriotic as caring as the poor. i have never seen any distinction between patriotism or generosity come from poor folk and the wealthy guy. but we are not asking anything of them. they are the only group in this entire recession we have not asked anything of. we launched two wars, one necessary, one not necessary. and on the way, the same time gave him multi-trillion dollars tax cut over the same period of time. i don't get it. and on top of maintaining the bush tax cut, and we want to maintain it for middle-class people, on top of that, and on top of what it will do to all the other benefits of seniors have, that they want to undo, the house republicans voted to repeal the health care law last week. let's not forget what that means. but they voted against. let me go back to taxes for just a second. there is the 800 billion that is set aside over here for
that is where you are no longer going to use it. now you could still use the argument and you hear that argument more often on the republican side which is just sort of let them all slaughter each other, and without a great consideration of the strategic calculations in the middle east because it's sort of like the middle east, just go away. so, i think that is also a pretty powerful again, i would emphasize -- emphasize if you had to write now put your finger on something that would change the dynamic here, that has to be turkey. turkey. i think, i think professor -- professor, president obama's out of this one unless you see something happen in turkey or if you just see the slaughter accelerate at such a rate that we are more or less obliged to do something. it's possible that if the fsa could get ahold of aleppo and declared a free city to set up an opposition government in aleppo and figure out some way how to stop the armor, the artillery and the planes from driving them out at least for a while, that you could rapidly change the dynamic. and it would certainly be, it would certainly be an
did the u.s. perg title it campus debit card trap? you guessed it. many are charged unreasonable fees that are costing them and the country millions of dollars. according to the report, 15 financial institutions have debit or prepaid card contracts with 878 campuses that serve more than nine million students. it's a big business. 42% of all students nationwide go to school on these 878 campuses. it's a lucrative business for financial institutions. there's a lot of money to be made from fees on college debit cards especially when you start charging fees on the billions of dollars disbursed each year in federal student aid. so the federal money is passing through these cards to the students, the financial institutions are making money in the process. as the u.s. perg report showed some of the fees are clearly unreasonable. one of the most egregious is a per-transaction fee on students for students for using a pin number instead of a signature. one of the largest campus debit card companies, hire one, currently charges students 50 cents every time the student enters his pin number at a
're lucky to have him with us. please join me in welcoming general keith alexander. [applause] [laughter] >> just hide behind the -- well, you know, part of the reason i don't like the publicity is my mother used to say i had a face made for radio. i'm sure you've all heard that before. [laughter] and another comment you could probably add to it is behind every successful army officer is a stunned father-in-law. we have that as well. um, there's a few things that i'd like to talk about today, and i know we're going to have of a small group of about 25-30 people to do that with. and i see that's grown slightly. i'm not a mathematician per se. there are some things that i do want to put on the table for us to discuss, and i know we're going to have a panel that will talk about what we talk about here later in more detail. first, what secretary wolfowitz brought out, i think s absolutely important for our nation. cyber legislation. i think it's important that we talk about this. now, i'm not here to talk about any specific piece of legislation, but i do think it's important that we as a nat
for bankruptcy. then, u.s. solicitor general donald verrilli. after that, live remarks by vice president biden on his assessment of the republican congressional budget and its impact on senior citizens. and later, the senate returns for work on a judicial nomination and a campaign finance bill known as the disclose act. .. >> good morning, everybody. and welcome to the joint convening of the energy and power subcommittee and the oversight investigation committee and i join my distinguished subcommittee chairman, mr. whitfield from kentucky, in convening this joint legislative hearing. we have two bills before the subcommittee. i will be addressing my opening statements to the no more solyndras act and then relinquishing the chair for the first panel to my colleague, mr. whitfield. and i yield myself four minutes for my opening statement. with chairman upton, i am a proud sponsor of the no more solyndra act. the act is the product of an 18-month investigation by the subcommittee on oversight and investigations. today marks a turning point in this investigation. we gather to consider a bill that
around and they looked look like us and they open their mouths and they say bar, r., bar. what are they? and of course one thing that happened was they began to be enslaved and in some cases coercively converted until victoria denounced it as a parable of crime. inasmuch as he is a person every indian has free will and consequently is the master of his actions come his dominion. every man has the right to his own life and physical and mental integrity. another great -- also associated is the forerunner of libertarian thinking, who devoted his life to defending the indians against this brutal, horrific enslavement. he has come to the americas as a young adventurer alleged to have seen christopher columbus sailed off to america when he was a boy. and imagine the excitement to go to this new world. what he saw there shocked him, and he was converted by a traveling priest, who explained what was happening here. the brutality, the exploitation, the cruelty visited on these people and he wrote a book called the devastation of the indians, a horrific re. he talks about human beings hunted from
of which have significantly advanced u.s. national security interests while also strengthening our national intelligence and military intelligence capabilities during a very challenging period in our nation's history. throughout his time in uniform, lieutenant general burgess has demonstrated an unyielding dedication to duty and innate ability to inspire enthusiasm and commitment to serve those he leads. lieutenant general burgess' selfless service to country and his unparalleled personal drive have been instrumental in transforming defense intelligence into a more capable and cooperative enterprise, providing the critical intelligence required by military commanders and policymakers both at the defense and national levels. commissioned as a second lieutenant through the auburn university rotc program in 1974, lieutenant general burgess began his career with a series of assignments in armor and military intelligence units in germany and at fort stewart, georgia, where he was directly responsible for planning multiple highly successful national training center rotations, numerous command pos
dozen to dozen times between when the u.s. supreme court agreed to hear the case and harvard law professor appeared in public in the classroom by saying th way of the indationwod h wobeth wee fel rn has on msnbc and other networks. he said it again and again and again. and of course, he is teacher that both thechief justice and president obama had when they re students law students at had. stn'c that the basis of the decision is entirely on prince. it is based n what the tngs said. i can realize people can disagree with it. and evidencely so. i think at i the ay se w may have happened leading up to the decision. i. >> just to correct the record. i certainl agree with chief justice roberts whenever he came to the conclusion genuinely believed, i findhitax nvng eriv he came to it as a matter of law, it isunfortunate that -- the question i was raisingis i he d co rve cos o the groundty, if they were the case, and there is at least some leaks that might be the case, is that an admirable move? u t neocens e ca. ane ot ifce to. >> i think that certainly the chief justice needs to be c
why this is a particularly exciting project for geeks like us. [laughter] you're not include inside that, jeremy. jeremy's the cool reporter person, the rest of us are the political science nerds up here. >> actually, at brookings we consider geek a positive word. [laughter] >> lynn was sort of talking about florida. listen, the fact of the matter is, this is -- it is phenomenally difficult to measure with precision what the effect of advertising is. and the person who bought george w. bush's ads in 2000 always used to say with a big smile on his face that it was the most efficient ad buy in history in florida. he didn't waste a single dollar on florida. now, obviously, with a big smile on his face and joking. what he meant was a little too close for comfort for the bush people, but if you're looking at it as a complete economic efficiency, they didn't waste any money in florida because they won by 530 votes, whatever it was. anything they would have spent more than that would be a waste. but they, obviously, don't think like that. they're obviously not trying to get efficiency in t
of the things that he hears from his constituents is that they expect us to work together here in washington, in the senate, in congress to get things done for the people of this country. i hear that from my constituents. i'm sure the presiding officer hears that from her constituents. people throughout the country expect us to work together, and they want to see us address the economic challenges that we're facing in the country. well, one of the best ways to address the fiscal issues that we're facing is to be able to grow this economy, and nothing is more important to growing the economy, to creating jobs than small businesses. senator casey talked about the recent report that came out from his congressional committee, talking about the importance of small business. the fact is that over the last decade, businesses are fewer than 250 employees accounted for nearly 80% of all new hires. economists tell us that about two-thirds of the jobs that are going to be needed to get us out of this recession are going to come from small businesses, and in new hampshire, small businesses are particula
and put behind us before any further damage is done to a woman, an american of genuine patriotism and love of country. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: quorum call: mr. coats: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from in. mr. coats: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the call of the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. coats: mr. president, i come to the floor today to comment on a couple of things. one, the dialogue that took place this morning before the majority leader and minority leader relative to how the senate should function -- two different views on this between the two, and they had quite an exchange. i don't know how many people tuned in. i tuned in this morning and then found myself pretty engaged in that. it all stemmed from the fact that the majority leader announced that he was not going to bring any of the appropriations bill to the floor for debate, consideration, amendment, or voting. i'm a member of that appropriations
on average from approximately $55,000 to $50,000. food stamp use, food stamp recipients have increased from 32 million recipients when this administration started in office to 46 million food stamp recipients today. home values have dropped on average from $169,000 to $148,000. the economic growth, economic growth in this recovery is the weakest of any recovery since world war ii. last quarter, our growth was 1.9% versus the prior quarter, 1.9%. job creation last month, 80,000 jobs, but it takes 150,000 jobs gaining every month just to hold even with our population growth, just to start reducing that 8.2% unemployment rate. so the facts, those are the facts. they speak for themselves. you can draw your own conclusion. the president's approach to our economy is making it worse. his fallure to join with us in extending the current tax rates and engage in pro-growth tax reform rather than raising taxes is sitting on our economy like a big, wet blanket. but we can change that. we can change that right now. we do it by extending the current tax rates, the tax rates that have been in effect for t
committee are ready to work on this important legislation as well. and they refuse to work with us to help the economy or to prevent a looming tax hike on nearly a million small businesses at the end of the year. instead, they prefer to waste valuable time on a vote they have argued for many years shouldn't take place this close to a presidential election. now that there is a democrat in the white house, they refuse to follow past practice of postponing the consideration of circuit court nominations this late in a presidential election year so the american people can decide who they want to make these important appointments. this practice is known as the leahy-thurmond rule. it's a custom they vigorously defended when there was a republican in the white house. so let's take a look at recent history. in 2004, the unemployment rate was only 5.4%. on our circuit courts, however, back in 2004, there were nine declared judicial emergencies. now, that didn't matter to our democratic colleagues. the senate stopped, stopped circuit court nominations in june of that year, even though we had nine ju
in general and this institution, the u.s. senate, should operate to get things done. we went through the amendatory process. you notice that the two leaders of the transportation and public works committee did -- they fought off all of the amendments that would have been killer amendments. they accepted some that they felt strengthened the bill, and we passed it something like high high0's70's to something in the teens. as a part of that bill, in the process several months ago when the transportation bill was on the senate floor, i had the privilege of offering an amendment -- again, bipartisan -- that was the amendment to restore the gulf of mexico after the effects of the b.p. oil spill. and it emanates from the fact that we have a fine that will be leviebe. mr. levin: i haved by a -- by -- and it d. mr. nelson: and it emanates from the fact that we have a fine that will be levied by a federal judge. the law allows for a certain amount for the judge to determine per barrel of oil spilled in the gulf of mexico. and the law in general allows for the amount to be levied against any ba
to better protect the us air and surface transportation from a possible terrorist attack. a former transportation department official, tom blanks, will testify alongwith a couple of counter terrorism experts. this hearing has been underway for about 10, 11 minutes. and we're hearing opening statements now. >> to continue to improve the system that secures our nation's skies. today we'll take a closer look at tsa's risk based approach and the effort. there have been many changes and they are looking forward to those changes the threat to inbound passenger and cargo flights remains reality. these threats can only be resolved if members of body are not afraid to ask difficult questions or embrace difficult answers and not take a widespread view we must throw out the transportation security administration. our witnesses will discuss various ideas of improving tsa risk based approach to secure the aviation sector. as authorizing committee for tsa it is appropriate for us to consider ideas for those who do not work for tsa i look for to hearing from police alonzo a flight attendant how t
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